Things did start out in oddly grim fashion, as general manager Joe Dumars introduced the team's new point guard without so much as a smile.
At Brandon Jennings' Pistons presser at The Palace. Welcome to Motown. pic.twitter.com/uSVt8fUbFb— Rob Parker (@RobParkerLocal4) August 6, 2013
Don't worry, the grins would be coming later, and everything took on a more pleasant feel after the formalities were done and the questions began. Jennings did look pretty sharp as well, especially with that diagonally striped gray-and-white tie.
No Pistons colors, but still not a bad look.
Dumars began the presser by explaining exactly why the Pistons were interested in acquiring the southpaw, as relayed by the team's official Twitter feed:
Joe Dumars - We looked at Brandon's skill set & what he's done on the floor for the last four years & we felt he would be a really good fit— Detroit Pistons (@detroitpistons) August 6, 2013
The general manager also revealed that he felt as though Jennings could make an immediate impact.
And this tied directly into the notion that the Pistons could now make the playoffs, as relayed later on by Detroit blogger Jameson Draper:
Joe Dumars thinks Brandon Jennings can hit the ground running and make an immediate impact #Pistons— Detroit Pistons (@detroitpistons) August 6, 2013
Dumars, on the roster: "I feel like the roster we have right now will make us competitive for the playoffs."— Jameson Draper (@jamdraper) August 6, 2013
At this point, the mood lightened when Jennings was asked about the Bad Boys shirt he was seen wearing earlier this summer.
In fact, the point guard's attire should have given away his eventual move to the Pistons long before he even dreamed of making it to the NBA.
That Grant Hill jersey looks a little big on the point guard, huh?
When Jennings finished hearing the question about his Bad Boys shirt, he didn't take the bait. Instead of admitting that he liked the team, he instead just revealed that he liked the shirt, drawing peals of laughter and a slap on the back from Dumars.
Jennings, on the Detroit Bad Boys shirt: "Well, I bought the shirt because I just liked the shirt."— Jameson Draper (@jamdraper) August 6, 2013
At least the point guard made up for it later by calling Dumars and Isiah Thomas the best backcourt in NBA history. And speaking of calling things the best without much support...
Brandon Jennings talks about playing with Andre, Greg and Josh. "I think we have the top big men in the league."— Detroit Pistons (@detroitpistons) August 6, 2013
I think there are more than a few big men who would beg to differ, claiming that they are in fact better than Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Jennings will realize that pretty soon since he still shares a division with Roy Hibbert and David West.
But the lefty was right about one thing.
Brandon Jennings: "I feel like this is a new beginning for me and my career." #Pistons— Ky Carlin (@Ky_Carlin) August 6, 2013
Jennings - I do have to change my game for everyone to be successful. #Pistons— Erik Talbot (@erikwtalbot) August 6, 2013
Brandon Jennings "I wont have to take a bunch of bad shots because I have talent around me" #Pistons— Detroit Pistons News (@PistonsNews101) August 6, 2013
Was this greeted uproariously on Twitter?
Of course it was, and the Detroit Free Press' Drew Sharp basically summed it all up in less than 140 characters:
Brandon Jennings has only been a Piston for a couple minutes but he's already missed six shots.— Drew Sharp (@drewsharp) August 6, 2013
Jennings should end up doing plenty more passing now that he's playing with better offensive talents and doesn't have to worry about the black hole that is Monta Ellis. In fact, he believes that Lob City may be moving a bit east now that he's playing alongside Smith, Drummond and Monroe.
Brandon Jennings: "I guess you could say we're bringing #LobCity to Detroit this year"— Jordan Goltz (@Jordo_Goltz) August 6, 2013
You may also be wondering if this is the start of another move.
After all, there's been widespread speculation about a potential Jennings-for-Rajon Rondo swap, but Dumars put down his foot on that one. Though it was never asked directly, he denied that there would be any more big moves.
Finally, let's close with an image that should get every Pistons fan out there just a bit more excited for the season to begin.
Will Detroit make the playoffs?
Detroit has made a number of splashes throughout the summer, and there's now quite a bit more talent than was present at the end of the 2012-13 campaign. Jennings won't be the only player wearing a new jersey, as Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Chauncey Billups will all be donning Detroit threads either for the first time or again after a long absence.
Will it be enough for them to make the playoffs?
Jennings will have a big say in the answer to that question, but if he was telling the truth about changing his game and focusing more on his ability to distribute the ball, it becomes much tougher to say no.